NUTLEY, NJ - A roll-over accident near one of the township's public schools is prompting neighbors to call for traffic-calming measures.
Residents of Harrison St. are calling for speed bumps or other measures to be put into place following a Saturday morning after a motor vehicle accident sent a motorist to hospital with what are believed to be non-life-threatening injuries.
According to John Demmer, a resident of Harrison St., a car traveling west struck a parked vehicle and flipped over. Officers of the Nutley Police Department, the Nutley Fire Department, and a team from the Nutley Volunteer Emergency and Rescue Squad (NVERS) responded to the scene.
The driver, described as an older female, was the only person in the vehicle. She had to be extracted from the vehicle by first responders. Witnesses on the scene reported that she did not appear to have serious injuries. Given patient confidentiality laws, first responders do not comment on patient welfare matters. She was taked to a local hospital by NVERS.
According to Demmer, this is the latest in a series of accidents in the area. The accident, which took place at Harrison St. and Crestwood Ave. at about 9:15 am.m Saturday July 18, is at about the midpoint between Lincoln Elementary School and our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church. Both institutions, when in session, draw large number of pedestrians that cross Harrison St.
Demmer told TAPinto Nutley that he would like to have the Township of Nutley do a traffic study to determine whether speed bumps are needed. He also suggested that four-way stop at the intersection of Harrison St. and Prospect St. should also be considered. Mt. Carmel Church is located at the corner of Harrison and Prospect.
Demmer reported that his neighbor, who witnessed the accident, had his car hit by someone speeding on Harrison. "They seem to take off westward from the light at Franklin Ave at an incredible rate of speed. The problem with this speed zone is that it basically starts at Mt. Carmel Church and ends at Lincoln School" Demmer said. The speed limit in the speed zone is 25 m.p.h. "It is only a mater of time before the odds of having someone killed because of speeders."
Demmer, who was speaking with his neighbors right after the accident, stated that in the past, "the most that has been done when we complain about speeders is a temporary digital sign is put up for a week or two, and then taken down."
Harrison St. is owned and maintained by the township of Nutley. Several other roads that serve as thoroughfares in the township are County of Essex roads.
In Dec. 2018, a two-vehicle crash took place at the intersection of Harrison St. and Prospect St. Nutley Police, Fire, EMS Respond to Two Vehicle Crash Sunday Afternoon
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